Syria vote 'delays Heathrow decision'

Reports that today's Commons debate and vote on military intervention in Syria has delayed a decision on the expansion of Heathrow airport until next week feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Telegraph reports that a 10-strong airports sub-committee "comprised of a number of ministers, including Sajid Javid, the business secretary, and George Osborne, the chancellor, who are believed to favour a third Heathrow runway", had been due to meet today. But the newspaper says that it is "understood that the meeting has been postponed as David Cameron prepares to hold a Commons debate and vote on military intervention in Syria".

The Times (subscription required) reports that one of the biggest airlines that uses Heathrow has attacked the "exorbitant cost" of a third runway, insisting that it would lead to significantly higher fares for passengers. The newspaper says that Virgin Atlantic said that airlines would be charged more "than is fair or necessary" to use the airport, because it believes that the £17.6 billion construction cost would be passed on.

An article in the Guardian asks whether "overflowing bins, no public libraries, leisure centres or accessible parks" is the future of local government.

The Independent reports that planned subsidies to turn a coal-fired power station into one powered by biomass fuel have been approved by the European Commission. The newspaper says that "RWE npower’s transformation of the Lynemouth plant in Northumberland can now be subsidised by the UK after the EU underlined the importance of cutting CO2 emissions and found it would not hurt global supply."

The Guardian reports that the Bank of England "is scrutinising the terms under which mortgages are being granted to buy-to-let landlords for fear they could be more vulnerable than other borrowers to a rise in interest rates". The newspaper says that, "outlining its latest set of concerns about the rapidly growing buy-to-let sector, the Bank said it was on the lookout for any relaxation of the lending criteria being offered by mortgage companies, such as reducing the size of deposits or income requirements."


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